Style: Parisian Flair with Carolin Meesier

Restaurateur Carolin Messier adds dramatic European finesse to her locally gathered vintage wardrobe

WHY WE LOVE IT: From her bright red lipstick to the ever-present pearls, north Capitol Hill resident Carolin Messier would have looked perfectly at ease in a 1940s French film noir, sipping café coffee in a sassy, tailored suit and Mary Jane heels. The spirited sometime pastry chef and full-time owner of the Harvest Vine restaurant in Madison Park describes her style with trademark humor: “A mid-20th-century sexy secretary meets Parisian existentialist writer, crossed with a European socialite.” Messier blends curve-accenting vintage jackets and skirts with bold, flirty accessories (kicky berets, ornate headbands, fishnet stockings) into a glamorous, ladylike presentation.

THE ENSEMBLE: Black feathered headband, from an antiques expo in Portland; pearl clip-on earrings, a family heirloom; long vintage pearl strands, Deluxe Junk; black fitted jacket with satin-covered buttons and high collar, a gift; black vintage pencil skirt, Value Village; fishnet stockings, Diva Dollz; J.Crew leopard print patent leather Mary Jane–style heels, Nordstrom Rack.

HER SHOPPING STOPS:
For hidden
vintage gems
Value Village
Best bet: Capitol Hill
1525 11th Ave.
206.322.7789
valuevillage.com

For fishnet stockings and heels
Nordstrom Rack
Best bet: Downtown
1601 Second Ave.
206.448.8522
nordstrom.com

Diva Dollz
Pioneer Square
624 First Ave.
206.652.2299

For vintage hats and jewels
Deluxe Junk
Fremont
3518 Fremont
Place N; 206.634.2733

For fitted, classic basics
H&M
Downtown
520 Pike St.
206.623.0592
hm.com

For consignment frocks and skirts
Le Frock Vintage
Capitol Hill
317 E Pine St.
206.623.5339
lefrockonline.com

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